Milk tart mille feuille

Monday, 12 November 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Christmas is coming folks! I know this because this past Saturday I finally capitulated – and put up all my Christmas decorations. It may seem early, but given that I’ve been contemplating doing so since the beginning of October, I think I’ve shown remarkable restraint. I obviously feel about Christmas the way a 5-year-old does – super duper excited. So now […]

Milk tart macarons

Tuesday, 28 August 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|

Milk tart macarons – yes you heard me right, I’m making them a thing. For bite-sized morsels of yumminess with loads of Parisian elegance, few things beat macarons. Possibly Madeleines, but then Madeleines are what I enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. In my book macarons beg for Champagne, so not really […]

Anne Burrell’s focaccia

Tuesday, 12 June 2018|Baking|

Baking bread is just about one of the most satisfying things I can think of doing in a kitchen. Short of eating it, that is. And it doesn’t come much easier than gorgeous focaccia. Buy one in a shop and you need to take out a second mortgage. I don’t get it because, really, the ingredients are super cheap and […]

A 200-year-old soetkoekie recipe

Tuesday, 13 February 2018|Baking|Tags: |

It’s not everyday that one gets to experiment with a recipe that’s over 200 years old. Last Saturday was such an occasion. Early morning saw me nursing my first cup of coffee on the front stoep. My neighbourhood’s resident guinea fowl came calling; territorial squirrels chased each other along the telephone line running from the street to my house; and […]

Super moist oil chocolate cake with real 70% chocolate buttercream icing

Wednesday, 10 January 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Chocolate cake is hardly in tune with the January zeitgeist of post-Christmas-indulgence detox. But you have to be very careful with this clean living stuff, you could easily do yourself a terrific injury. Like dying of boredom what with all that salad and steamed fish. And that’s why chocolate cake to the rescue.

Yes it would have been more appropriate to […]

How to make sourdough bread – a masterclass with Ciska Rossouw of Loaves on Long

Tuesday, 10 October 2017|Baking|

Few things put me in touch with my inner earth mother/domestic goddess quite like baking bread does. When I’m in a hurry a basic white loaf made with a sachet of store yeast does the trick nicely. When I’m really, really in a hurry, Irish soda bread is my go-to. Nice enough to be […]